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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1228


Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (6.21 p.m.) —One thing that is very clear is that, however we measure the criteria, need is special around Christmas time. That is precisely what the Government and the voluntary agencies recognise each year. The agencies certainly recognise this need each year in their Christmas appeals, as does the Government in its ongoing commitment to emergency relief.

  I have launched one winter appeal; Premier Kennett was reported the other day as launching another appeal; and at the weekend the Salvation Army, recognising that as winter comes on people have perhaps even a very simple need for blankets, conducted its doorknock. Many appeals are called blanket appeals. There are two peaks of special need that the voluntary agencies particularly focus on.